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Steve's business litigation practice is broad. Steve has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the country and has also represented individuals and securities broker-dealers before self-regulatory bodies. He has litigated trade secret and restrictive covenant cases on behalf of national financial institutions. Representing individuals and corporations with employment or regulatory issues has also been a staple of Steve's practice.  He also represents and counsels clients with corporate and business disputes, including lawyers and law firms. He is a Qualified Neutral (mediator/arbitrator) under Rule 114.

After law school Steve clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Douglas K. Amdahl at the Minnesota Supreme Court. He started his legal career at Lindquist & Vennum in Minneapolis. Steve joined Flynn, Gaskins, & Bennett, L.L.P., in 2000.

Steve has served as a mentor for law students at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He taught as an adjunct faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University teaching courses in Antitrust and Sales. He currently is an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas Law School teaching a course on Complex Litigation with Dean Thomas Mengler. 

Steve has also been an active member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has chaired and spear-headed the chapter's Pro Se Litigant Program and the Federal Transport Program which allows the minor children of women in the federal prison system to maintain contact with their mothers. He is currently the president of the local chapter. 


Practice areas

  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Business: 50%

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Contact info

Flynn, Gaskins & Bennett, L.L.P.

333 S Seventh St #2900
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2440

616 N Robert St
St. Paul, MN, 55101



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar Association (Minnesota chapter)Board of Directors1998 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar AssociationPresident2008 - 2009
Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2007 - 2008
Federal Bar Association, Pro Se Employment Law PanelChair1999 - 2002
Hennepin County Bar Association, Ethics CommitteeInvestigator1996 - 1999
Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation SectionChair1993 - 1994
Warren E. Burger American Inn of CourtMaster1992 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota Institute of Legal EducationRemedial Action and Cost Recovery, Hazardous Waste in Minnesota1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Carleton CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Strategic Discovery"The Art of Being Appropriately Agressive"2009
Litigation Advocacy Institute"The Judgment of the Judges -Observations as to Why Certain Cases Succeed and Others Fail"2009
MSBA-CLE: Internal InvestigationsFact Gathering, Including Electronic Document Searches: Preserving Privilege2003
MILE- CLE: ArbitrationThe Practical Implications of Arbitration of Employment Disputes2003
MILE-CLE: Motion PracticeTwelve Points to Remember About Motion Practice in Federal Court2000
National Practice Institute: - CLEStarting Your Own Practice1999
MSBA — CLE: Punitive DamagesThe Complete Story1997